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Old 01-19-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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Optimizing large USB hard drives for Linux.

I recently purchased a Western Digital 1TB USB hard drive to use for general data storage. I had thought about repartitioning it into 8 - 10 individual drives (most Linux users will doubtless understand the arguments for and against this) and reformatting them with another filesystem, probably ext2.

The unit actually consists of two 500GB drives that are presented by the internal controller as a single 1TB drive, and are formatted with the old HPFS/NTFS filesystem, so I'm a bit cautious about the possibility of my original plan confusing the drive's controller.

Does anyone have any experience with these large drives, any thoughts about repartitioning/reformatting, and relevant criteria for optimizing their use?

Old 01-20-2010, 12:32 AM   #2
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alexqld, controller's job is to get data from the HDD, and that's all. It is OS's concern about drive's partititioning methods. So it can be formatted with any FS you like, as long as your PC is able to read it.
Speaking about optimising, just put the data you'll use more frequently at the beginning of the disc. Also, you could use a journalled FS. It will keep your data safer. On USB pendrive disks journalling is not reccomended due to small number of read/writing times, while on a HDD you won't have any problems


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